Building Blocks Of Success: Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~Epicurus

There is an incredibly distinct narrative to Las Vegas and that narrative is get. That. Money. Then it's: show them all that you got. That. Money. Maseratis are ubiquitous. There are multiple luxury shopping centers on The Strip. My gym is like a luxury car parking lot. When I moved here, all of a sudden my perfectly wonderful little Subaru seemed rustic, my wardrobe not label-y enough. That's why the above quote really resonates with me. When I went on my little escape to Joshua Tree a few weeks ago,  I noticed that the energy of coming back to my new home was different and it became clear that it would require a bit more mindfulness to keep my little head on straight and not start taking everything that I have for granted. 

So, in that spirit, here is a list of the things that I am currently grateful for.

  1. My first two organic email subscribers. The feeling I got when I opened my email and there it was: you have a new subscriber (!). I know that there are people with lists that could circle the earth a million times, but I really love this website and I know that it's going to reach the people that it needs to.
  2. A rainy day. I know this might seem like an odd thing to say, but Colorado was almost too sunny. We just had three overcast days here in Las Vegas and let me tell you, if this is the new normal for winter for the next few years, I'm totally in.
  3. My first mentor. Sometimes things get weird. I know they just did in my world (I'll write more specifically about that in a series on professional development). When things get weird, I've noticed that it's good to know a few strategies for simply how to be. 

In my quest to help people do amazing things so that we all reach our maximum potential and the world is filled with harmony and beauty (*takes a breath, admonishes self for run-on, refuses to edit down), I would love to give you a little challenge should you accept it. I invite you to start every day with three minutes of free writing in a journal or notebook about the things that you're grateful for. It could be as silly as being grateful for nice nails or something profound like a break through or maybe you're realizing that you've called in the perfect partner into your life and it's enhanced the way you can move entirely. 

As you're going through your days and starting them with this simple gratitude practice, I want you to simply notice if there are any changes in the ways which you view your life and the world. Maybe there will be, maybe there won't. Either way, I genuinely want to hear about your experience as you go through it, so please either share in the comments or tweet me with the hashtag #PracticeGratitude and let's get the conversation started. 

Oh, one more thing I'm grateful for: if you've spent precious, finite time reading what I've written, I am deeply grateful for you.